Green Rice & English Peas

I’m a very visual person. If I see something delicious in a magazine, on television or on someone else’s plate, I’m immediately inspired to make it. I saw this gorgeous dish that was vibrantly green on Rachael Ray about a year ago. At first, I was hesitant to make it because I thought that the herbs would overwhelm the rice, but boy was I wrong! The herbs combined with the lemon and garlic make for an incredibly refreshing flavor that lifts this dish. You’re going to love it!

I use the immersion blender cup as a one stop measuring device.
Add in the herbs, using the measuring cup as a guide.
Measuring the herbs, tarragon on the bottom, basil and then parsley.
Stick in the immersion blender and 45 seconds later you’re done!
(and only one dirt cup to wash!)



Combine the rice, English peas and herb dressing
Green Rice & English Peas
Slightly different lighting, but still Green Rice and English Peas!

Green Rice & English Peas

Serves 6-8
Adapted from Rachael Ray

Ingredients

2 cups long grain white rice (basmati or jasmine)
3 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock or water

1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups English peas, blanched (or frozen green peas)
Juice of 2 lemon
2 large clove garlic, grated or pasted
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher Salt and pepper
1 cup fresh basil
1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
1 small bunch tarragon, leaves stripped

Directions

1. Put the rice, stock (or water) and butter in a pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to Low. Cook for 18 minutes. 

2. Boil a large pot of water. Add the English Peas and cook for 4-5 minutes, until tender but still has some bite. Drain peas into an ice bath or cold water. Put into a bowl and set aside. If using frozen peas, put the peas in a bowl to defrost while the rice cooks.
3. In the cup of an immersion blender (serves as my measuring cup as well), combine lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, basil, parsley and tarragon.  Puree with immersion blender. Taste and add kosher salt and pepper to taste.
4. Fluff the rice with a fork and add to the bowl with the peas. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to combine; serve or chill.

Eat, Drink & Be Yummy!
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